Posted: Wed, 08/17/2011 - 9:00am Updated: Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:01am


The purpose of ISTAR-KR (Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting of Kindergarten Readiness) is to measure skills in children from infancy to kindergarten. A derivative of Indiana's Early Learning Standards (which are part of the Foundations to Indiana Academic Standards), ISTAR-KR is aligned to the Indiana Standards for kindergarten in the areas of English/Language Arts and Mathematics and includes three functional areas: physical, personal care and social-emotional skills. Data from ISTAR-KR assessments are used for state reporting for PK students receiving special education. The assessment can be used for local purposes for grades PK through 1.

This web-based instrument is rated by teachers based on their ongoing observations of children engaged in typical daily routines and activities. It is available to all public schools in Indiana and to private early childhood education programs at no cost. Assessment results from ISTAR-KR can be used to determine which skills a child has mastered and to identify the skills a student needs to learn next.

Public and Private Preschool Programs

This ISTAR-KR information applies solely to public and private preschool programs using Learning Connection.

Community-Based Preschools

This ISTAR-KR information applies solely to community-based preschools such as licensed childcare centers, family childcare homes, legally licensed exempt programs, and registered ministries.

ISTAR KR Assessments

English/Language Arts Mathematics Personal Care Physical Social-Emotional

Additional Resources

Training Materials


Aggregate data comparing entrance and exit scores for children exiting preschool services are submitted annually by the state to the federal Office of Special Education Programs (for Special Education-Indicator 7 purposes). Individual student assessment results of ISTAR-KR are made available to family members at specific intervals when the assessment is used to measure student progress (upon entrance, at exit, and annually on the child’s birthday).


Private Preschools Contact:
Erin Kissling

Early Learning Specialist

Office of Early Learning and Intervention
(317) 234-6523

Public Schools Contact:

Karen Stein
Special Programs Assessment Specialist

Office of Student Assessment
(317) 232-9050

Special Education Preschool Contact:
Kristy Wright
Early Learning Special Education Specialist
Office of Special Education
(317) 232-9142